Monday, 5 September 2016

The Perfect Sunday in Pollensa

Apologies that this post is a little late, but moving house has been a little distracting over the last few weeks! As regular readers will know, I spend quite a lot of time in Pollensa on the north of Mallorca.

A few years ago P and I lived there together and we still visit regularly as my parents have a house  there. Over the years I have shared various posts about the beautiful town, but I haven't yet blogged though about our favourite day there; Sunday. It's when the town really comes to life, whatever the time of year - there is a wonderful food market in the main square and everyone goes - catching up with friends for a coffee and a croissant is one of the highlights of the morning!

This year we decided to add another element to our perfect Sunday...we rose just before dawn to drive out to the lighthouse at Formentor to watch the sun rise. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the drive there is as magical as the destination itself. When we arrived at the Lighthouse we found that we weren't the only early birds - some keen cyclists as well as a little family of goats were waiting there to greet us!

After a quick walk around the lighthouse, we took lots of photos of the views and then jumped back in the car to head back to Pollensa in time for the market. It really is a feast of the eyes as well as your tummy - the size and colour of the of the produce is amazing - particularly the lettuce and tomatoes - so much tastier than a lot of what we have in the UK, so we stocked up for the week.

After buying all our food and stopping for a coffee at Club Pollensa, our usual Sunday routine would be to head to our favourite restaurant in town, Trencadora, for Sunday lunch. This year it was just too hot to sit in the middle of the day and eat a full lunch (35+ degrees!), so we missed this out, though we did make up for it with some extra evenings there during the week! The food is Italian and delicious, very reasonably priced and the restaurant is set in a lovely walled garden - you really shouldn't miss a visit there if you find yourself in Pollensa and hungry.

Instead of our Trencadora home we just headed home to relax by the pool with some magazines and a chilled glass of Rosé - utter bliss.

If only we were still there!


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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Bedtime Rituals with Molton Brown

Moving house! One of the most stressful things you can do and though Patrick and I do it more often than most, but despite that, nothing prepares you for the mental and physical chaos that ensues once you start to take your home apart and nothing is where it should be any more!

Whenever we move home it reminds me how much I need and appreciate all my things surrounding me and in being their proper place. Having your own little sanctuary away from the busy outside world is so important and I also like to create a sanctuary within that sanctuary; our bedroom. 

The rest of our house can be colourful or chaotic, but our bedroom is always a soothing calm space. I always choose cool, serene colours when working on the design. I love to create a space that you walk into and relax the moment your toes hit the lovely soft carpet - and a big part of that feeling for me is the scent.

So I was thrilled when Molton Brown launched their new Home & Linen Mists a couple of months ago as an addition to their gorgeous home scent range and for our bedroom I chose Orange & Bergamot to lift the spirits with the beautiful scent of an orange grove.

I love to layer scents and this range is perfect for that - I spritz our sheets with the linen spray before ironing them and then again each night before bed. There is nothing more indulgent that softly fragrant freshly ironed sheets! 

I also like to light the candle when I come to bed in the evening - whilst I potter, take my make up off and tidy up, the room gets gently scented and I always try to read for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep with the candle still burning. 

When I'm fully relaxed and my eyes are struggling to stay open, I blow out the candle and fall into a lovely deep sleep. Well most of the time anyway!


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Created in collaboration with Molton Brown. All words, opinions, styling & creative direction are my own.

{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Kitchen Design, South-West London Home

I have arrived back from a blissful two weeks in Pollensa with a bit of a thud...we are moving house next week and there is just so much to do! 

I can't wait to share my holiday posts with you, but as I won't have time to sort and edit the pictures until after the move, so in the meantime I wanted to share these pictures of a kitchen I designed for a family home in South-West London last year. 

The house was extended by four meters to the rear to create a lovely open plan kitchen, dining and living space - the perfect room for all the family, with fantastic views to the garden. I designed the bi-folding doors so that they were a feature in the room, rather than the simple glass and metal combination - I took inspiration from lots of New England designs that I found on Pinterest.

The kitchen was designed to be elegant as well as functional and the colour scheme for the space was fresh and clean to maximise the lovely natural light. I used furniture and artwork to add pops of colour. I hope you like it - if you're keen to create a similar look then click on the links below.


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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Holiday Beauty Picks

I've recently launched a 'Lifestyle' section on the blog so I can share some of my favourite non-interiors related things with you. This is my first post about beauty products and as we are away in beautiful Pollensa and the weather is very, very hot, I am sharing my top beauty buys for surviving the summer heat.

First up and so important is a good sun hat. Mine this year is from Pia Rossini and I love it - I have also launched the new shopping pages on the site and the hat is available in the 'Travel' section, so do go and check it out!

When it comes to summer make up I like to keep it simple and focus on protecting my skin. As a child and teenager I probably spent far too much time tanning (didn't we all?!), so now I can be mostly found under an umbrella with my kindle and a bottle of factor 50!

Here is a list of the top products I'm using this year...

Lancaster Sun Oil SPF30 - I love this spray as it's so easy to apply and it gives a gentle golden sheen.

Sarah Chapman Dynamic Defence - a fab day cream that's not too heavy in the heat.

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial - a fantastic night oil that really helps repair and moisturise your skin after a day in the sun.

Eau Cellular Water Spray by Institut Esthedederm - I couldn't be without this is in the heat! So cool and refreshing - I have a handbag size one so it comes everywhere with me.

La Roche Posay BB Cream SPF50 - this is a new discovery for me this summer and it's amazing. It gives a totally mat and flawless look, but also provides great protection. 

Chanel Lipgloss - I keep make up to a minimum in the summer, but a this is a great all-year-round product and I love the stylish Chanel packaging too. 

Chantecaille Mascara - this is an amazing mascara, it's called Longest Lash mascara and it really is. It also doesn't seem to smudge much in the sun, which is a real bonus.

Pixi Glow Tonic - a beauty blogger favourite, this is a miracle product - I use it morning at night after removing my make up and really notice a difference to my skin and overall complexion.

Chantecaille Oil Free Foundation - a beautifully light foundation that glides onto the skin, it's great for balmy evenings as it gives a very fresh and natural look.

So those are all my summertime beauty favourites and you can shop the full selection below.

I've been asked for a little while by readers about my beauty and fashion tastes and this is my first post straying from interiors and travel, so would love to hear your feedback!


ps - I am thrilled to have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016! Please take a minute to vote for me here. I would be so grateful! x

{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Hotel Ranga & Our Last Day in Iceland

For our last day in Iceland we drove from Ion Hotel across to the famous and quirky Hotel Ranga, where each suite has a different theme, inspired by different parts of the world. 

On the way we stopped at the amazing Skogafoss waterfall, which was truly breathtaking. Again the wind was super strong, it was lucky our jeep had chains on the doors as otherwise I'm pretty sure they would have blown off! We ran to take a few pictures before jumping back into the warmth of the car - my kindle and I became very good pals on this trip as I stayed snuggled in the warmth while P headed off intrepidly to take very windy pictures!

We also stopped at a beautiful black beach - tricky to get to over sand dunes - the high winds meant visibilty was very limited and at times it felt as if we were in an apocalyptic movie! 

If you've not visited Iceland before, it really is somewhere to add to your bucket list. There is nowhere else like it, the scenery really is breathtakingly beautiful.As the day was drawing to a close (it's hard to know the time as it didn't get dark until past 11pm, but when we felt exhausted and ready for a glass of wine!) we headed to our final hotel stop, Hotel Ranga.

As I mentioned, it's a well known and quirky place - very homely with whacky room designs and amazing food! We checked in and were showed to our suite which was huge and African themed. So many well thought out details and a huge, dark bathroom with one of the largest baths I had seen in a while.I jumped straight in for a good soak to thaw out from the cold before heading down to the bar for a drink. On the way I met a very large polar bear in reception!

Throughout our trip in Iceland we ate very well. I was a little surprised about quite how delicious and gourmet the food was as the local ingredients are somewhat limited, but the local specialities, mainly lamb and arctic char were always cooked to perfection, creatively combining local herbs and berries.

The food at Ranga was exceptional - they take it very seriously and the hotel owner was keen for us to try as much of the menu as we could possibly manage! It was all fantastic, but there is one thing that was so out of this world that I still find myself day dreaming about it from time to time...

It was a wild mushroom soup made from a secret recipe that the chef had passed down by his grandmother. In the short season that mushrooms can grow in Iceland, she would pick and collect as many as she could and keep them until Christmas, when she would make a soup for all the family to share. I have no idea how the soup was made and what else was in it, but it was amazing - I had to use a lot of willpower to stop myself from licking the bowl!

It was the perfect end to a lovely few days in this special and magnificant country. 

Today we are off to somewhere rather warmer, lovely Pollensa in the north of Mallorca. One of my favourite places in the world, I can't wait to spend 10 days relaxing there with friends and family.

I will be in touch soon!


ps - I am thrilled to have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016! Please take a minute to vote for me here. I would be so grateful! x

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

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